About Great Potential Press

Great Potential Press is an award-winning publishing company devoted to informational resources for parents and teachers of gifted children. We strive to provide new and helpful information to the adults who live and work with these talented and creative children, with a particular focus on social, emotional, and family issues that can occur among gifted children and adults. Our publications help parents and teachers understand gifted children better and thus guide them to success more effectively. A frequent benefit is that gifted adults, who are so often the parents and teachers of these gifted children, learn how giftedness is an important factor in their own lives.

History

Now located in Tucson, Arizona, Great Potential Press began in 1982 in Dayton, Ohio (under Ohio Psychology Publishing Company, and later, Gifted Psychology Press), with the publication of a book titled Guiding the Gifted Child by James T. Webb, Elizabeth Meckstroth, and Stephanie Tolan. With more than 125,000 copies sold, this best-selling title quickly became popular with both parents and educators for its down-to-earth advice on dealing with common “problems” of gifted children—things like perfectionism, underachievement, uneven development, and peer relations. This small book became a staple in parent support groups across the country, and its popularity caused Dr. Webb to become a sought-after speaker at education and parenting conferences. It also prompted him to become interested in publishing other books about gifted children, parenting, and gifted education.

Philosophy

True to the philosophy of the now-classic book that started it all, the majority of Great Potential Press’s books reflect the belief that the social and emotional traits of gifted children are integral to these children’s ability to learn and achieve; they are equally as significant as curriculum modifications and thus are important factors for parents and teachers to take into account at home or in school. Adults who understand these characteristics and their related potential problems can work to ensure that gifted children’s social and emotional needs are met, and also that they receive an appropriate level of challenge in their classrooms. In some cases, simply providing the appropriate challenge fixes the problem, but often there are other areas that need attention as well.

Quality

Great Potential Press publishes approximately three to five titles per year from the many submissions that we receive, and several of those have been translated into other languages. Manuscripts are carefully edited for accuracy and relevance. Many of our authors are noted professionals in the field; others are parents writing to share their personal experiences and wisdom in raising gifted children. Some authors bring both parent and professional perspectives to their writing. Great Potential Press publications have lasting value; our publications typically stay in print for 10 years or more, which speaks for their quality. Our authors and our publications have contributed greatly to the field of knowledge regarding gifted children and gifted education.

Success

Of the more than 60 titles currently listed in the GPP catalog, half have received awards. Several titles have earned multiple awards, with a few of them having received as many as five awards each!

Success, however, goes beyond accolades. Over the years, parents and teachers have told us that these books have had a positive impact on their families and in their classrooms and have changed many lives. Helping parents understand their children’s high intellectual abilities, sensitivities, and intensities can transform the family. Parents also can learn advocacy skills to help them deal with schools that seem to reward only “average” performance and a society that fails to value children who are frequently “different” or outside the norm. Helping teachers understand what gifted children need can transform classrooms and make school more interesting to students. Teachers can learn how to reach the brightest students in their classrooms and provide work for them that is challenging and engaging, bringing back excitement for learning. Providing information so that professionals can avoid misdiagnoses of gifted children and adults has made a difference for many families. These are the successes that we truly celebrate.

Whether you are coming to us as a parent, educator, counselor, or healthcare professional, we believe that you will find our products to be of the highest quality and to have lasting value as resources you will turn to again and again.

For more information, please contact info@greatpotentialpress.com.

 

Meet the Founder

James T. Webb, Ph.D., president and publisher of Great Potential Press, Inc., is a licensed psychologist and the lead author of five books and several DVDs about gifted children, four of which have won “Best Book” awards. His background includes:

  • Named one of the top 25 most influential psychologists in the field of gifted education
  • Past member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children
  • Past-President of the American Association for Gifted Children
  • Founder of SENG, Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association (served three years on its Council of Representatives)
  • Fellow of the Society of Pediatric Psychology
  • Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment
  • Recipient of the Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy by the American Psychological Association
  • Recipient of the National Award for Excellence, Senior Investigator Division, from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation
  • Recipient of the Arizona Association for Gifted Children Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Recipient of the Community Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children
  • Recipient of the 2011 Upton Sinclair Award for outstanding contributions to education
  • Recipient of the California Association for Gifted Past-Presidents’ Award
  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and Past-President, Ohio Psychological Association
  • Professor and Associate Dean, School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University

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